Dr. Susan Slear, an alumna of the College of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology, was the recipient of the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership Special Interest Group’s (LTEL-SIG) Robert Kottkamp Outstanding Dissertation Award. She was also named the EFLT’s Outstanding Graduate Student of the year in 2019. A veteran teacher, Slear came to Auburn in 2013 where she earned her Master’s and doctoral degrees.
Dr. Slear’s research interests include online and distance education, cohort development, and educational leadership. Her experiences help guide her research and teaching. Slear investigated an educational leadership preparation program with the goal of providing insight on strategies that could be used to inform the development of future educational leadership cohorts. She is currently a curriculum developer for Air University Teaching and Learning Center.
The American Educational Research Association is a national research society with 25,000 members, 12 divisions, and more than 150 special interest groups dedicated to improving the educational process. The LTEL-SIG is committed to creating a network for educators and recognizing significant research contributions in educational leadership preparation.